During the opening of the new intelligence building for National Intelligence Agency of Turkey (MIT), which is named "the Castle", Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan mentioned that the regression of Ottoman intelligence has contributed to the decline of the Ottoman Empire and praised the efforts and achievements of the controversial Sultan Abdulhamid strengthening the Ottoman Intelligence of the time.
Erdoğan claimed that the previous governments have consciously maintained a non-powerful intelligence agency, the conditions of the day required Turkey to establish a strong intelligence agency.
Erdoğan also praised the activities of the National Intelligence Agency in Northern Iraq and Libya and mentioned that the Agency shall also focus on combatting crime in technical and cyber intelligence.
ARCHITECTURE OF "THE CASTLE" RESEMBLES ERDOĞAN'S WHITE PALACE
The architecture of the new intelligence building is very similar to the architecture of the White Palace currently occupied by President Erdoğan in Ankara. The new intelligence building is built on 5 thousand acres of land and surrounded by 3 meters thick concrete walls and barbed wire.
Former AKP mayor of Ankara, Melih Gökcek, had previously compared the new intelligence building with Pentagon and claimed that Turkey has built a better building than Pentagon and would exceed the technological ability of the Pentagon in 20 years time.